Monday, August 6, 2012

Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin

Are you looking for the perfect side dish?  I have been dreaming of a side dish so insanely divine that I would need to build a meal around it.  Loaded with bacon, beer and cheese I am pretty sure this is it!!!  Even though I am not a big beer drinker (I would much rather sip on one of our Classic Margaritas) I really love the flavor beer gives to a dish when cooked with it.

Sometimes one picture just isn't quite enough to tell the whole story...

We have had many bacon cheese loves in our food experience.  But, none have come so close to perfection.  These potatoes are rich, creamy, tender, bacony, cheesy and boast a lovely flavor from the beer.  You are printing this recipe out...  Right?  You have to try this.

While your mouth is drooling, you may want to catch these drool worthy cheese and beer and bacon dishes too!

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Smoky Beer Cheddar Cheese Sauce.  The best cheese sauce you will ever eat.  Seriously!

The Smoky Beer Cheddar Cheese sauce is the best cheese sauce I have ever made/tried.  It is a family favorite.  So much so in fact, that for Chad's birthday that was one of his gifts.  A huge container (dare I say VAT) of this scrumptious cheese sauce.  The beer lends such a beautiful flavor not found elsewhere in the spice cabinet.   One of my favorite posts this year is the Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread.  Judging from the traffic, I would say it's one of your favorites too.  I really could not get over the amazing flavor.  Bacon, beer and cheese all in one dish.  Not to mention no rise time.  Hel-lo!  Sounds like heaven and just about tastes like it too!

Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread: flavorful, delicious and ready to bake before the oven is preheated. Enough said!
I thought I was just about to the point of side dish perfection with the Bacon Cheddar Hasselback Potatoes.  It was so close, but just a tiny bit short of being the consummate side.  (I think if it had beer in it, I would have flipped though).

Loaded with ooey gooey cheddar cheese and thick cut smoky bacon, these Bacon Cheddar Hasselback Potatoes are exactly what you need!
So here we are, a traditional potatoes au gratin turned into a heavenly Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin.  Did you flinch?  Bacon, cheddar and beer with potatoes?  Oh yes there is nothing light about this dish.  It is intentionally rich and decadent.  Lighten the guilt, serve it with a side salad.

Enjoy!  I KNOW you will.

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TSRI TIP:  Quick chicken broth substitute:  heat ½ cup water and ½ teaspoon chicken bouillon to substitute (for each 1/2 cup called for in a recipe).

Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes Au Gratin
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground chile de arbol (can substitute cayenne pepper)
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ cup beer, Belgian style wheat beer (Blue Moon)
½ cup chicken broth*
8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
¾ cup half & half
1 cups milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
24 ounces bacon, cooked, drained and chopped
3 pounds red potatoes, sliced thin

Move rack to center of oven and preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter.  Add flour and whisk; allow flour to cook for 2-3 minutes to cook out the ‘floury’ taste.  Add garlic, chile, paprika, salt, and pepper.  Whisk to combine.

Slowly add beer, chicken half and half.  Whisk until there are no lumps.  Add cheese and whisk constantly until you have a smooth mixture.  Add milk and Worstershire.  Reduce heat to low.

Butter a 3 quart casserole dish.  Layer potatoes in casserole dish, topping each layer with about ½ cup of cheese sauce.  Halfway through add half of chopped bacon on top of cheese layer.  Continue layering cheese sauce and potatoes.  Reserve the remaining bacon.

Place Bake for 70-90 minutes, until potatoes are tender.  Top with remaining bacon for the last 10 minutes of cook time.  Allow potatoes to rest for 20 minutes before serving to thicken up.  Serve and enjoy!

*If you do not have chicken broth, you can heat ½ cup water and ½ teaspoon chicken bouillon to substitute.

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  1. I love a good Belgian beer, and I love cheese. OK I love potatoes too. Bacon - yup you got me there. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Sounds terrific.

  2. Bacon, cheddar and potatoes, I'm there. Not sure about the beer. How does it enhance the flavor of the dish?

  3. Sure, I go away for a week and you try to sneak this past me while I'm gone? I FRIGGIN' (real word) LOVE this idea!!!!!! Beer cheese soup is a favorite of mine but this could very well come in second. Genius!

  4. Picture looks absolutely amazing! not a beer fan.. but willing to give it a try! thanks for sharing!

  5. does the alcohol cook off enough to allow minors to eat it ?????

    1. It does cook off. If you are uncomfortable you can use chicken broth in its place.


  6. I am not a beer lover, but recently discovered the advantages of cooking with beer: rich, deep flavors, boosts color, makes people ask: "what did you put in here? it's really good!" I used oatmeal stout in my favorite baked potato soup - substituting about 1/3 of the half-n-half/milk called for with the stout. It was absolutely delicious! I would not hesitate to use beer in this type of recipe - can't wait to try this for my family!

  7. Do you need to cover these while baking?

  8. I would not cover it as you want it to get browned on top. I made this last week and it was a huge hit. I used Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA as the beer and it was a great choice. I think next time I might use half cheddar and half muenster. I also tried a crust of breadcrumbs on top but it got too soggy--I think next time I might try crushed potato chips.


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